Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), usually in Music
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Theoretical and practical grounding in the discipline of ethnomusicology, as well as the opportunity to develop performance and ethnographic skills, regional expertise, and a deeper understanding of global music – just some of what you can expect to develop on the MMus Ethnomusicology. This programme is tailored for musicians and musicologists, anthropologists, teachers and composers, as well as those dedicated to developing an in-depth knowledge of a specific music tradition.
You will study with the largest and most influential team of ethnomusicologists in the UK, who are experts in the musical traditions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Jewish world. You will be part of a thriving culture of performance, research and active engagement with music around the globe.
The programme will suit those looking for a springboard into further research or employment in a range of music-related fields including journalism, industry, NGOs and education, and often serves as a conversion route for those trained predominantly in western music traditions.
Students must complete 120 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits). In addition to these formal elements, students are expected to attend regular postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities.
Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.
- The part-time MMus may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
- Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this is undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.
The formal elements of the MMus Ethnomusicology programme are:
- The two core modules Music in Global Perspective and Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (15 credits each).
- The Dissertation in Music (60 credits)
- A special study 10,000 words in length on a topic agreed with the candidate's supervisor. This will normally relate to the "major region" chosen below, but may instead deal with a theoretical or comparative topic. Part-time students normally take this in their final year.
- Student must select modules to the value of 30 credits from List A
- Student must select modules to the value of 30 credits from list A, B
- The student must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from list B, C and D.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
- Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 (60credits) Full Year
- Music in Global Perspective 15PMUH031 (15 credits) Term 2
- Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH030 (15 credits) Term 1
List A: Area Modules
- Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15 credits) Term 2
- Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 (15 credits) Term 2
- Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 (15 credits) Term 2
- Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 (15 credits) Term 1
- Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 (15 credits) Term 1
- Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
- Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 (15 credits) Term 1
List B: Additional Music Modules
- Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 (15 credits) Term 2
- Composition 15PMUH013 (15 credits) Term 1
- Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 (15 credits) Term 2
- Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 (15 credits) Term 2
- Music and Healing 15PMUH019 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Music in Development 15PMUC034 (15 credits) Term 2
- Performance 15PMUC002 (30credits) Full Year
- Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 (15 credits) Term 1
- The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 (15 credits) Term 2
List C: Modules at King's College
SOAS MMus and MA Music students can also take as a credited part of their programme up to two 20 credit units at Kings College London Music Department, choosing modules from the following list: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/study/handbook/programmes/pgt/mods17-18.aspx
Please note that a) modules in Performance and Composition are not permitted as part of the agreement, and b) you will need to obtain the written consent of the convenor of the KCL course before enrolling.
Modules at SOAS from other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or MA Area Studies Modules (including languages) in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. Module choices are subject to the agreement of both the module convenor and the MMus Ethnomusicology convenor. Modules will normally relate to the same geographical region chosen from List A Module(s).Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
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